Micro-improvisation and intuition

All acoustic music contains improvisation on the micro level, there are no grids to which tempo, articulation, timbre etc. are fixed and musicians constantly have to adapt to eachother. In order to play with acoustic instruments and continue this sensitive tradition of music making, all parameters of my DMI have to be intuitively available and all grids have to be opened up to form a continuous stream of data.

With the reverion DMI I will experiment with ways to intuitively and precisely control the clock controlling a looper and other time dependent audio effects in order to better combine the possibilities of digital technology with acoustic music making. It will also feature two different synthesizer states: one for sustained notes and one for percussive playing.


Attached to my arm will be a box containing all the electronics. Position and force sensors will be placed on top similarly to the octarion, an IMU will be placed inside, LEDs will help to keep track of the state of the system. On a connected platform there will be one joystick per finger of the right hand and 5 buttons reachable by the thumb.

The DMI will accept one line level input to be used with the looper and other audio effects, one micro-USB connection for charging the battery and/or powering the system and sound output will be provided usign a 6.3mm stereo audio jack.

At the heart of the electronics is a Beaglebone Black with a bela (http://bela.io/) platform providing extremely low latency and low jitter sensor reading, sound synthesis and audio output.

Videos from the build process